Signed and dated 'Raza 2000' (lower right)
Further signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'RAZA / "SHANTI - BINDU" / 120 x 120 cm / 2000 / Acrylic on Canvas' (on the reverse)
The Saffronart & Pundole Modern Indian Art Exhibition, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, May 2001
Aspects of Modern Indian Painting Exhibition, Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York, September 2002
Pundole's / Sale # M0021 / Lot 69 / The Fine Art Sale / Mumbai / 22 November 2018
The Saffronart & Pundole Modern Indian Art Exhibition, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, 12-16 May 2001
Aspects of Modern Indian Painting Exhibition, Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York, 28 September - 1 October 2002
Sayed Haider Raza first painted the Bindu in the late 1970s as a single solid black dot that lay unmoving at the center of a field of colors. Through the years, however, this circle or bindu manifested itself in various forms in his works and took on several different meanings, as zero, drop, or seed. It became less of a graphical component and more as the focal point on which Raza structured his canvases.
Here, the artist has turned to yet another interpretation of the bindu, executed in an almost abstinent palette of white and grays. Titled, Shanti - Bindu, the rings that radiate from the spherical white core of the painting transmits outward spreading tranquility and calmness. Once again, the bindu was transformed, from a pulsing black orb to a gentler quality, emitting an image of ethereal stillness and peace.
Likening his monochromatic works to his spiritual journey, Raza posited: "I have found a divine quest in me to come to the essentials. Less is more. And I thought, that to express my aspirations to the divine, I would use fewer colors, to create a sacred feel."